Florida Resorts You and Your Family Will Love
Florida is full of great resorts, some more well-known than others. The sunny state, which has nice weather most of the year, is surrounded by beaches, which means you can find tons of different resorts that suit your family's vacation style. From Disney to Captiva, here are five great places to choose from that you and your kids will love.
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat
LEGOLAND Florida (1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL) is known for its fun amusement park attractions, but it also offers several hotels you can book along with your tickets. The best option is its Beach Retreat, a lakefront resort that features 83 single-story beach bungalows that will fit you and the kids. The resort includes two days at the park, as well as free breakfast and free shuttles, at around $500 for a family of four. The best part is that the bungalows are LEGO-themed, so your kids can feel like they're living inside a LEGO set. Adults will appreciate the beach and the swimming pool, which are open most of the year, thanks to the great Florida weather.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
There are a lot of hotels and resorts to pick from when visiting DisneyWorld, so it can be tricky to know which is best for your family. But one of the most fun options at the Orlando amusement park is Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (2901 Osceola Parkway, Orlando, FL). Inspired by an African lodge, the hotel offers views of actual wild animals, a thrill for kids and adults alike. You can spot everything from zebras to giraffes to gazelles around the property. There's also an 11,000-square-foot pool with a water slide and a kids' club called Simba’s Clubhouse for children 3 to 12 years old. It's a great place to make your home while enjoying everything DisneyWorld has to offer. Rooms start from around $300 per night.
The Breakers Palm Beach
If you're looking for a more luxurious vacation spot, book into The Breakers Palm Beach (1 S County Rd., Palm Beach, FL), a high-end, family-friendly option. The beach-side resort caters to families, offering an arcade, outdoor sports courts and bicycle rentals. The Breakers’ Family Entertainment Center, a 6,100-square-foot indoor and outdoor play space, will also ensure that no one gets bored. If you and your significant other want a night off, take advantage of qualified babysitters the resort has on hand. Relax, enjoy and know that there's something here for everyone in the family.
South Seas Island Resort
The South Seas Island Resort (5400 Plantation Rd., Captiva, FL) is one of Florida's favorite family resorts, well-known for providing amenities for guests of all ages. Older kids can enjoy Skully's Family Interactive Center, a recreational space, while those 12 months to 4 years old can enlist in the Turtle Tot Program along with their parents. There's even a Kids' Night Out, when youngsters ages 4 to 11 can enjoy dinner and activities while you and your partner indulge in an adults-only evening. The resort is located along Florida's western coast, near Ft. Meyers, so the water is warm for most of the year. A great spot for a family getaway that won't be too touristy. Rooms start at $249 per night.
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
Located on a strip of beach between the Gulf of Mexico and the Matanzas Harbor, Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina (275 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL) is a full-service resort perfect for kids. The Beach Villas can sleep up to six people and include a kitchen, so you won't have to worry about searching for a breakfast spot in the mornings. There are three swimming pools, including the Octopool, which has underwater speakers, giant shells and waterfalls. Young ones can enjoy arts and crafts activities, or the Splash Pad, an area where they can play and spray with water. Relax on the beach or book a dolphin sighting tour. One thing's for sure: Your family won't want to go home. Rooms start at an affordable $163 per night.